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Paula Zamarra

leadership coach + D&I consultant

Expertise: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Strategy Development and Execution, Talent Development, Delegation, Feedback that Motivates, Leading Difficult Conversations, Change Management


About Paula

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Paula Zamarra, a Human Resource leader with over 20 years of experience in HR Strategy, Program Development, and Leadership.

I’ve headed up Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; Talent Development; Organizational Effectiveness; Culture Transformation; and Learning and Development functions at organizations ranging from Fortune 500s to technology startups. (Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, General Atomics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Q2 Software, Blackbaud, Inc.)

I help leaders develop people management (performance management, employee engagement, high performing team development, career development) and leadership (strategy development and execution, change management, talent development, operational excellence) skills and competencies. I specialize in facilitating long-lasting tangible behavior change. Many leaders I work with give me feedback that I’ve helped them make significant change to traits and behavior patterns they’ve been trying to change for years.  I approach management and leadership (and all business for that matter) from a lens of win/win.

I’m a Nature lover and avid horse woman. On weekends, you can find me hiking, gardening, or delighting in my horse friends.

My Experience

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader/Talent Development Leader - General Atomics - Dec 2017 - Jan 2021
  • Adjunct Faculty - University of California at San Diego, Executive Education - June 2019 - Present 
  • Organization Development Consultant - Paula Zamarra Consulting, Austin, Texas - Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
  • Learning and Development Manager - Q2 Software, Inc., Austin, Texas - May 2015 -Jan 2017
  • Leadership and Culture Manager - Blackbaud, Inc., Austin, Texas - Aug 2014 - April 2015
  • Senior Learning Consultant - Baker Hughes, Inc., Houston, Texas - June 2011 - Aug 2012
  • Change Management Leader - Harcourt Education, Austin, Texas -  Jan 2007 - Sept 2007

My Education

  • M.A. in Adult Learning and Organization Development, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Florida, FL
Doing the right thing is always the right thing for business.
Paula Zamarra
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